District discusses solutions to deficit in state revenue
By Nathan French
The Dalhart Independent School Board held a regular meeting on August 13th at the Dalhart ISD Central Office. The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. Numerous items of interest were on the evening’s agenda.
Board President Jeff Lloyd brought up that the new teacher social mixer would be planned for sometime in September. Other minor agenda was discussed, but the main topic of the evening’s meeting rested on the preliminary 2009-2010 budget and the 2009-2010 proposed tax rate. Business Manager Delbert Dodds shared that he had “struggled in making sense of the state’s new template regarding the various requirements of the template.” Dodds then presented to the board spreadsheet information regarding this year’s proposed budget and related material regarding the proposed tax rate. The board then considered and discussed the date and time to conduct a public meeting on the topic of the 2009-2010 budget and proposed tax rate. A motion was brought forward and seconded to hold the public meeting on August 31st at 12:00 p.m. at the Dalhart ISD Central Office. The date and time of the meeting passed unanimously.
The other main focus of the evening’s meeting was the state revenue shortfall and how the district could cope in regards to the cut in state revenue. It was roughly estimated the deficit would be somewhere around $300,000, but could vary greatly depending on enrollment and various other funding factors. David Steele, Principal of Dalhart High School, shared that enrollment had been strong with 499 high school students already registered to date, compared to the previous year’s enrollment of 470 students. An improvement in enrollment would greatly reduce or even eliminate the deficit.
The meeting was brought to a close with the discussion of the disability plan for employees and when the next meeting was to be held. It was decided the next meeting would be held as scheduled on August 31. The meeting was adjourned and closed at 7:13 p.m.